Hungry for Music Notes
End of Summer 2018
Newsletter #2

The busy summer continued into a busier fall as we were swamped with requests for music instruments for the 2018-19 school year.  With the rush behind us, I can now concentrate on catching up with admin responsibilities, such as, the second summer newsletter wrap-up!


As you can see from this and the first summer newsletter, Hungry for Music’s grassroots outreach continues to grow with the support of partnership organizations, kid’s performing service projects, community groups, and individual monetary donors.  


So far, in 2018, Hungry for Music has already donated over 900 music instruments to children in over 25 states and four countries this year.   In our history, we have donated instruments in every state, except Hawaii.   Also, we have distributed instruments in over 25 countries with help of local church, business, and school groups.


As the giving season draws near, please consider a donation to Hungry for Music that will allow us to continue to support school and after-school programs with music instrument donations.   Help us create more smiles, one instrument at a time.


Thank you for your continued support.  


Jeff Campbell
Hungry for Music

Todd Rundgren takes a photo
with a music instrument donor

Volunteer Southwest Airlines Crew from San Antonio & HFM Director Jeff Campbell

Spirit of Harmony Foundation collects for HfM

In conjunction with Michelle Rundgren’s band “The Intoxicats” debut at Martyr’s in Chicago, the Spirit of Harmony Foundation held a very successful instrument drive to support Hungry for Music’s outreach.  Many of the over 75 instruments collected were distributed to various music programs throughout the city.  The D’Addario Foundation suggested several of the programs that benefited from the Spirit of Harmony’s great effort.  Some of the Chicago music programs that benefited include The Bridge Teen Center, Fernando Jones’ Blues Camps, Guitars for Growth, Chicago West Community Music Center, Terry Miles’ String Wizards program in Chicago public schools, VanderCook College of Music youth programs, and Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Guitar Program at Chavez Elementary.    


The Sunday bash was the culmination of a series of Spirit of Harmony weekend fundraising events with their founder, Todd Rundgren.  Todd was gracious enough to have his photograph taken with anyone who donated instruments.  This really inspired an enthusiasm for the drive, as all afternoon, a steady flow of his fans filled up the Enterprise Rental van with music instruments in only a few hours.


The Spirit of Harmony, D’Addario Foundation, and Hungry for Music partnership over the last two years has resulted in many children having the opportunity to realize their musical dream.

With the amazing support Hungry for Music has received from Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation, we hope our supporters will help vote Todd into to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  You can vote every day up until December 9.


Giving Kids an Opportunity

"This is one of my International students - Khaled - with the violin we received. He is a beginning violinist and is from Lebanon!

He is so thankful to have the opportunity to learn the violin and have one to be able to take to and from school to practice. Thank you so much for helping our orchestra program continue to grow!"


Barrett Jackson

South Florence High School

Florence, South Carolina

LaMarcus and sisters Autumn and Amberly are really excited for his new clarinet!

Hungry for Music has helped Our House in Little Rock fill their music room with music instruments and have supported individual student needs like this one.

Upcoming Events

D’Addario Foundation & Hungry for Music

Music Instrument Drive & Benefit Concert
November 15th, 2018
4pm - Midnight

Ace Hotel
600 Carondelet St, New Orleans

7 pm - Children’s Performances 

9 pm - Sam Price & the True Believers with special guests


Proceeds and instruments collected will directly benefit New Orleans youth music programs.

The Beat Goes On

Thank you to Musical IQ for donating a van load of djembe drums to us this summer.   The djembes need new heads, and that’s where Kevin Johnson of TimeKeeper Drums in Woodstock, NY comes in.  Kevin and fellow drummer Paul Tapley are going to re-head them as needed for distribution to music programs in need. 
CONTEST ALERT:  Guess how many djembes are in the back of the van?  Reply with your answer.  The person who comes closest to the correct number wins a free t-shirt and CD.

Guess how many djembes are in the back of van?  Please reply to this email with your answer.  The person who comes the closest to the correct number will win a free t-shirt and CD.

Please help us continue to expand our mission.

1886 Violin Built By
French Luthier For Sale

Hungry for Music received a violin that was built by French luthier Barbe in 1886.

Luthier Marc Glickman is selling this beautiful violin for Hungry for Music and the proceeds will go towards operating costs and purchasing new instruments.  For more info and photos please go here.

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Growing up with Hungry for Music

Roan 2013
Roan 2018

Hungry for Music has been supporting this young rocker’s musical aspirations with instrument donations since she was nine.  First, a keyboard.  Then two electric basses while she was at Paul Green’s Music Academy, and now a Takamine Electric Acoustic guitar.  She has some great teachers in her life, including her father and Uncle Chris.  We hear she has songwriting aspirations.  Maybe we can get her to share one of her songs with us in the future. 

A Family Music Affair

Robert inside the CubeSmart storage unit,
surrounded by his amazing Eagle Scout effort.

It took a family effort for Robert Brusak to collect an amazing 160 instruments for his Eagle Scout Project, which equated to about six car/van/truck loads.


Robert’s mom and dad, Brian and Kimberly Brusak, contributed to the instrument collecting and fundraising effort by helping Robert pick up the instruments and donating volunteers hours which their employer, CarMax, turned into a $500 donation to Hungry for Music. 


We met at a CubeSmart storage on Saturday and the Brusaks filled up a 5X10 space with music instruments and equipment.  Over the next two days, the instruments were assessed and some distributed immediately to Chicago area music programs.  The rest went back to the DC area for repair and later distribution.


We are very grateful for Robert’s effort and touched by his parent’s assistance on his project.

Musical Moments in Kings Park

Every Friday night in the summer of 2019, come down to Main Street in Kings Park to enjoy live outdoor music and local restaurant specials to celebrate the warm weather. The series will feature local artists and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. You'll have to bring your own seating, but the entertainment is guaranteed free of charge!  EVERY concert next year is going to be a Hungry collection event.
Since becoming a non-profit 24 years ago, Hungry for Music has brought the healing quality of music to more than 12,000 children in 49 states and 28 countries through its musical instrument donation program. We appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way and could not fulfill our mission without the generosity of others.

If you are able, please donate funds, buy a t-shirt from our online store, or visit our website to find out about other ways you can support Hungry for Music.
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